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Family fun in Boston is around every corner.  From the waterfront to the Fens, and across the river too, Boston is full of family-oriented attractions.  We make history fun with tours of the Freedom Trail and interactive exhibits at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and the USS Constitution Museum.  Don’t worry about those little feet getting fatigued because everything in Boston is nearby.  If you do need a rest, hop aboard a Trolley Tour.

Boston Duck Tours

Boston Duck Tours is a perfect fit for any group outing in Boston. Our fully narrated land and water...

USS Constitution Museum

The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS CONSTITUTION, by...

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

A live theatrical performance reenacting the "single most important event leading up to The American...

Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston

Hop aboard the city’s most comprehensive sightseeing tour, Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston! The...

Boston CityView Trolley Tours

See The Freedom Trail and Historic Boston with an unlimited On-and-Off all-day pass that includes a...

Boston museums are full of adventure.  Start with the Boston Children’s Museum in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood.  The Children’s Museum has been engaging and entertaining young minds for over a century, spend the day never hearing the words "Don't Touch!" Head north along the waterfront and you will arrive at the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf.  Play with the seals, watch the penguins frolic, behold the Giant Ocean Tank, and get hands-on at the Shark and Ray Touch Tank.  Outside the Aquarium you will find an IMAX theater and whale watching excursions depart on the hour.

Adjacent to the Aquarium is the Rose Kennedy Greenway, full of food trucks, water fountains, art installations, open air market vendors  and a unique carousel.  Head into Faneuil Hall Marketplace to peruse food vendors inside Quincy Market and scintillating street performers up and down the corridors of the historic marketplace. 

Boston Children's Museum

Boston Children's Museum has been building innovative, meaningful, and fun exhibits for over 100...

Rose Kennedy Greenway

The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Rose Kennedy Greenway...

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Eat, drink, and be captivated at 14 restaurants and pubs including Cheers, McCormick & Schmick's and...

New England Aquarium

Experience the wonder of 70 exhibits featuring aquatic animals from around the world. Get your hands...

The Museum of Science is conveniently located just off the Green Line T.  Take the T to Science Park and you will see the famous T-Rex looming outside the building.  Explore the Butterfly Garden, Hall of Human Life and recently opened Yawkey Gallery.  Outside the museum the iconic Boston Duck Tours have a departure location in addition to their Prudential Center location.  Hop aboard to see Boston from land and water.

Prudential Center

Prudential Center, New England’s #1 shopping and dining destination, features over 60 shops and...

Boston Red Sox Fenway Park Tours

Visit Fenway Park, "America's Most Beloved Ballpark" Nestled in the city of Boston and visited by...

Museum of Science

Science and technology come alive at the Museum of Science! Experience the power of discovery...

Trademark Tours

Tour Harvard Square Safely! "The Hahvahd Tour," our public tour of Harvard Square and Harvard...

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston is a new, indoor attraction, for children between 3 to 10 years...

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Read the new Harvard Museums of Science & Culture “Know, Show, Go,” policies and make an advance...

Across the river Cambridge is great for families as well.  Tour Harvard University with Trademark Tours and stop by the Harvard Museum of Natural History to see the famous Glass Flowers and new Marine Gallery.  In neighboring Somerville the Legoland Discovery Center is a one-of-a-kind experience. 

Come to Boston! An old city that’s perfect for young families.

 

Family Events & Activities

Family Friendly Events

Atlantic Harbor Seals Exhibit

Two families of harbor seals live in the Aquarium’s exhibit. Each seal looks different and has a distinct personality. Photographs and descriptions help visitors identify the individual seals. Many people still remember Hoover, the Aquarium’s famous talking harbor seal. Hoover...

Boston by Little Feet

Travel through 300 years of history on this fun and interactive tour of Boston's Freedom Trail. Designed for families with children 6-12 years old, this tour encourages discovery and exploration. On this walk, children will experience historical sites that played a key role in...

Boston Common Visitor Center - Open Daily

The Boston Common Visitor Center is Open Daily! While visiting Boston, visit our Information Centers to book tours, buy souvenirs, and get general information on Boston and the region. HOURS OF OPERATION: Daily, 8:30am - 5:00 pm

Boston Harbor City Cruises: Whale Watch

Set sail with us for the whale watch experience of a lifetime. Our destination: Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine creatures. You’ll have a good chance to view several different species of large whales,...

Dino Safari: A Walk-Thru Adventure

Dino Safari is a walk-thru dinosaur exhibition with over 30 realistic and scientifically-accurate animatronic creatures. Get up close and personal with these giant dinos in a thrilling experience! Dino Safari: A Walk-Thru Adventure will continue for a limited time in a large...

GoPixelYourself Selfie Museum at CambridgeSide

If you've got it - flaunt it! Bring your friends and family to visit GoPixelYourself, an 'Instagrammable museum' creating an experience for all ages open at CambridgeSide (CambridgeSide.com). GoPixelYourself presents a 13-room immersive experience including a 747-jet ready for...

Greenway Carousel

We look forward to welcoming you at the Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove! Take a spin on one of our native New England carousel creatures, located in the heart of downtown Boston. Hours of operation will be Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and select...

Legoland Discovery Center - Now Open

The LEGOLAND® Discovery Center attraction reopens on 2/5/2021 with limited 90-minute PlayTimes. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The LEGO City Play Zone, 4D Movie Theater, Factory Tour, Duplo Farm (slide area), Cafe and Karaoke at Olivia House remain closed. Please visit our...

Lexington Visitor Center: Walking Tours

Let our costumed guides transport you back in time to 1775 as they share the events that occurred on this hallowed ground over 240 years ago, at the very start of the American Revolution. Discover the everyday people – the original patriots - who stood up for what they...

Mapparium at The First Church of Christ, Scientist

The three-story Mapparium globe—one of Boston's most well known landmarks—shows the world at one moment in time—1935. A short narration lets you consider the world before World War II from an entirely different perspective—from the inside of the world looking out. (Will require a...

Mythical Creatures Scavenger Hunt

Join us to hunt for mythical creatures across the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Can you find a genie, merfolk, or a centaur? What might have inspired a cyclops or a piranha plant? Travel through the galleries of four museums on your quest for these amazing creatures....

Penguin Exhibit

Penguins spend most of their lives at sea, but every penguin needs to come ashore to breed, molt, and raise chicks. All penguins live south of the equator. Some penguins live in or near Antarctica, but most prefer more temperate climes. African penguins nest in burrows on or near...

Raúl de Nieves: The Treasure House of Memory

Raúl de Nieves (b. 1983, Michoacán, Mexico) is a New York–based interdisciplinary artist, performer, and musician whose multifaceted practice ranges from stained-glass-style narrative paintings to animated performances, to densely adorned figurative sculptures encrusted...

SelfieWrld Boston: Instagrammable Moments

Arguably one of the most instagrammable places in the East Coast, here you can immerse yourself into our fun, eye-catching, interactive art installations with over 20 rooms and 35 photo opportunities. Experience many unique themes knowing we had your best selfie in mind. Bring...

Simons Theatre at New England Aquarium

The Simons Theatre is open seven days a week. Hours are the same as Aquarium hours, with the last show starting 40 minutes before closing. Enjoy a giant screen experience in our newly renovated Simons Theatre. Moviegoers will enjoy comfortable, high-backed seats while watching...

Swan Boats - Spring and Summer Hours

Take a ride on Boston's famous Swan Boats! Spring Hours: April 16 to June 20 10 am to 4pm Daily – – Weather permitting Summer Hours: June 21 to Labor Day 10 am to 5 pm Daily – – Weather permitting Last Day: September 5, 2022 The Swan Boats operate on a...

The Japanese House at Boston Children's Museum

Welcome to the Japanese House! Walk down the street, take off your shoes, and step into an authentic two-story silk merchant's home from Kyoto, Japan. Families can explore every corner of this fully-equipped Japanese house reconstructed in Boston by Japanese carpenters. Japanese...

Urban Adventure Quest - Now Open

Turn Boston and the Freedom Trail into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving...

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PRESENTS: CRYSTAL

This one of a kind performance blends circus art and the world of ice skating. CRYSTAL will take the audience on a journey into a whimsical frozen playground where ice skating of all kinds mingles with acrobatics and aerial feats.

Monster Jam

Monster Jam returns to Gillette Stadium on June 4th, 2022.

Take Your Place/Toma tu lugar

Latino/a/x teens in the Hear Me Out/Escúchame project exhibit a group artwork that challenges stereotypes. What is important to know about Salvadoran or Honduran culture? What is overlooked in Mexican, Colombian, or Guatemalan culture? Drop in to see their response, and create...

Annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl®

The beloved and delicious Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® presented by Valvoline Instant Oil Change is back in a big way for its 39th year at a new location. The annual all-you-can-eat ice cream festival will take place for one day only at Patriot Place in Foxborough on Saturday, June...

Solstice Saturday Family Festival

Celebrate the upcoming summer solstice, a time of great momentum in the natural world, as well as the longest day of the year and the official start of summer. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS/ WORKSHOPS Family Yoga 10–11 am | Ropes Mansion Garden, 318 Essex Street, Salem Free event; All...

Juneteenth Celebration in Newton

Newton's second annual Juneteenth Celebration promises to be a fantastic family day out, with food by Gourmet Kreyol and others, vendors including Black-owned businesses, music by DJ Firestarta, kids' activities, art exhibits, and performers. All are welcome!

Race the Cog

Do you have what it takes to beat the cog? Well…you are going to have a chance to find out! There is a lot of planning over the next few months but it’s going to be incredible! We are planning to give a substantial donation to the maintainers of the Appalachian trail in the...